NFL roundup: Anthony Barr signs for guaranteed $12.7 million over four years

» After being picked ninth overall in the NFL draft, linebacker Anthony Barr officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, inking a fully guaranteed contract worth $12,743,596 over four years. He will get a signing bonus of $7,588,072, and the team can exercise a fifth-year option.

He and other former UCLA players must return to campus through spring quarter, however, since NFL rules dictate that anyone who hasn’t graduated cannot stay their teams until their school sessions end.

» Houston Texans sideline reporter John Harris said Xavier Su’a-Filo will become the starting left guard by Week 1, and be a “key figure” in the run game for at least the next five to seven years. Continue reading

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Linebackers Myles Jack, Eric Kendricks make Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list

Can UCLA pull off a repeat?

Linebackers Myles Jack and Eric Kendricks were both named to the 42-man watch list for the Lott IMPACT Trophy — which Anthony Barr won last year. Kendricks, a senior, also made last year’s preseason list.

One of the sport’s major national awards, its stated criteria is “to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance from a defensive college player.”

Jack and Kendricks were two of the Pac-12′s 11 nominees. USC, Stanford and Washington each also placed two names on the list.

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Picked ninth, UCLA’s Anthony Barr becomes highest-drafted Bruin since 1996

That late fall was overblown after all.

None of the recent chatter about UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr’s supposed falling stock mattered. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him ninth overall, making him the top Bruin taken since 1996, when Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden went fourth.

“When you draw it up, does he look like Jason Taylor or what?” said NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, comparing Barr to the six-time Pro Bowler. “That’s kind of how he plays.” Continue reading

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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay evaluates Bruins

The notebook that ran in today’s edition of the Daily News covers some of Cassius Marsh’s value as an NFL prospect, whether it be at defensive end, linebacker or even tight end. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay gave the UCLA senior a fourth- or fifth-round draft grade. Here’s what he said about some other Bruins:

Linebacker Anthony Barr

“He’s not as talented as (South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon) Clowney. He’s not as big, and he’s probably just a notch below in terms of the explosive athleticism. But I think Barr is still a very, very talented player who’s only played the defensive side for two years. Who continues to get better and better in terms of his play, how he’s using his hands, how he’s getting off blocks. I think when it’s all said and done, he’s going to wind up being a top-five pick. Continue reading

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Anthony Barr lands fourth major All-American honor

Anthony Barr’s All-American run keeps rolling on, as the UCLA linebacker picked up a spot on the American Football Coaches Association squad this morning. It was the senior’s fourth placement on an NCAA-recognized team, with the prior three being the Walter Camp, Sporting News and Associated Press.

If Barr also lands on the Football Writers Association of America’s first team later today, he will be the 11th player in UCLA history to earn unanimous All-American honors, and the first since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2005.

UPDATE: Barr was a FWAA second-team All-American, leaving him as a consensus selection overall. There were 10 unanimous All-Americans this season, with the only linebacker being Alabama’s C.J. Mosley.

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Anthony Barr makes AP first team, consensus All-American

Linebacker Anthony Barr is UCLA’s first consensus All-American since 2009, earning the honor with his inclusion on the Associated Press‘ first team. (File photo by Brad Graverson/Daily Breeze)

Linebacker Anthony Barr is UCLA’s first consensus All-American since 2009, earning the honor with his inclusion on the Associated Press‘ first team. (File photo by Brad Graverson/Daily Breeze)

Linebacker Anthony Barr is UCLA’s first consensus All-American since 2009, earning the honor with his inclusion on the Associated Press‘ first team.

The senior also made the Walter Camp and Sporting News All-American teams. The NCAA recognizes five All-American teams, acknowledging the AFCA and FWAA in addition to the aforementioned three lists. Continue reading

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UCLA football banquet awards

UCLA held its annual end-of-season banquet Sunday night at Beverly Hilton, handing out team awards in 15 different categories. These were the results.

Henry R. “Red” Sanders Award for Most Valuable Player
Offense – OL Xavier Su’a-Filo
Defense – LB Anthony Barr

Paul I. Wellman Award for All-Around Excellence
QB Brett Hundley

Nick “Pac” Pasquale Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player
Offense – OL Carl Hulick
Defense – DE Zach Vinci
Special Teams – RB Ryan Davis

Kenneth S. Washington Award for Outstanding Senior of the Year
Offense – Shaq Evans
Defense – Jordan Zumwalt
Special Teams – Stan McKay Continue reading

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Four Bruins honored by Sporting News

Senior Anthony Barr picked up his second major All-American mention on Friday, becoming a Sporting News‘ selection a day after also making the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s first team. The linebacker is on track to become UCLA’s first consensus All-American since kicker Kai Forbath in 2009.

Barr was a finalist for four major national awards this season. He won the Lott IMPACT Trophy, but missed out on the Bednarik (best defensive player), Butkus (best linebacker) and Lombardi (best lineman/linebacker) awards.

Linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes and right guard Alex Redmond all made the Sporting News’ Freshman All-American team.

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Anthony Barr named first-team Walter Camp All-American

UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr landed an official All-American honor Thursday night, and it likely won’t be his last this season. The senior was named to the Walter Camp first team, the first Bruin to earn a spot since kicker Kai Forbath since 2009.

The Walter Camp All-American team is one of five recognized by the NCAA, with the others being the Associated Press, AFCA, FWAA and Sporting News teams. Barr was a second-team AP All-American in 2012.

Earning spots on three first teams makes a player a “consensus” All-American, while all five makes him a “unanimous” All-American.

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